Pilot Statistics in the US

The average employee age for pilots is 43 years. The pilot workforce reached a whopping 29,065 in 2020!

Among pilots, we discovered that 29.5% of them are women, while 66.1% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among pilots is White, which makes up 85.4% of all pilots. Comparatively, there are 7.5% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 2.9% of the Unknown ethnicity. The majority of pilots are located in AL, Mobile and NY, New York.

Pilots are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, pilots are more likely to find a job in the transportation industry. Looking at pilot statistics, we found was that Texas, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois and New Jersey are where pilots find the highest salaries.

From where do we know all information about pilot demographics? We analyzed 11,984 pilots resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Pilot Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as pilots. Keep reading to find out what the results for pilots were.

Pilot Gender Ratio

Among pilots, 29.5% of them are women compared to 66.1% which are men.

Job Title
  • Male, 66.1%
  • Female, 29.5%
  • Unknown, 4.4%

Pilot Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among pilots is White, which makes up 85.4% of all pilots. Comparatively, there are 7.5% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 2.9% of the Unknown ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 85.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 7.5%
  • Unknown, 2.9%
  • Black or African American, 2.1%
  • Asian, 2.0%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.1%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Pilots

The chart below shows that 47.3% of pilots speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 11.7% and German is the third-most popular at 5.7%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 47.3%
  • French, 11.7%
  • German, 5.7%
  • Japanese, 5.3%
  • Portuguese, 4.3%
  • Other, 25.7%

Pilot Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among pilots.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Pilot Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the pilot position over time.


Pilot Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of pilots changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of pilots based on ethnicity and gender.


Number Of Years On The Job For Pilot

By looking over 11,984 pilots resumes, we figured out that the average pilot enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 30%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Pilot Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of pilot employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of pilots is 40+ years old, which represents 60% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Pilots with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, fighter pilot and airline captain have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Airline Flight Attendant16%78%
Flight Attendant22%75%
International Flight Attendant22%73%
Ground Operations Superintendent94%3%
Airline Captain95%4%
Fighter Pilot96%1%
Fighter Pilot
Airline Captain
Ground Operations Superintendent
International Flight Attendant
Flight Attendant
Airline Flight Attendant

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Pilots with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to pilots.

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Job Titleascdesc
Traffic Control Specialist7.72%
Bus Aide7.91%
Stage Hand8.85%
Motor Vehicle Operator13.50%
Airport Tower Controller20.19%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Pilot?

Male Income
Female Income

Pilot Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that White men and Black or African American men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

Pilot Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Bachelor's Degree$106,366
Master's Degree$119,621

Pilot Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Pilot Heatmaps

Where Do Pilots Earn The Most?

The map here shows where pilots earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Pilots Located?

By looking through more than 11,984 resumes, we found that the most popular places for pilots are AL, Mobile and NY, New York.

Number of Pilots

Pilot Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ pilots. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most pilots is the transportation industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire pilots.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Pilot Work In

Employees with the pilot job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most pilots prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ pilots. Those industries include transportation, technology and retail.

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